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Why are so many people offended from the sight of a Rebel Flag flying? I have one on my backpack and so many people get mad.

it's Heritage Not Hate.

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John_8715

A rebel flag is a souvenir, not to be confused with a win between the the North and the South, and just so you know, the North won, and in a battle between the oppression of slavery, and the oppression of the masses.

Rednecks are the oppression of a nation, complete with their Mullets, poor language and hatred of people of color, we are one for all, and all for one.

Lose the back pack, it is symbolic of the represstion that the ingnorant want to permote...

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The civil war was also about state rights. And the example of rednecks you gave is not a redneck that is white trash.
Yes I'm a redneck and I actually know proper English, and try hard in my classes. The flag shows my southern heritage and I'm proud of it! Country till I die!
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Good response ^^^^ :)
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Thank you brandy
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Well FRIT02288, I'll never see you at Nascar, I just don't like rednecks in general, they have always drawn a distiction to me as a Northener, and called me that, and their own people, and I am neither, I am a people of a nation, you choose not to be, but I like your BBQ, just choose not to eat it with you, or yours for that matter, sorry Billy Bob, and sorry your sister is also your mother...
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Also remember the confederate flag was the flag of a group of states that wanted to divide our union. During that time it was the wealthy land barons (cotton, tobacco, etc) that dictated the politics of South. Their wealth had been acquired by the blood of slaves [which had been abolished by most industrialized nations long before]. The oppressive treatment of the uneducated white people was equally appalling! The arrogance of this elitist minority is now history.
My question is WHY would you want to fly a flag that represents a traitorous government run by a minority of wealthy men that treated YOUR descendants and MINE as nothing more than expendable serfs?!
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Because those are my roots and that's how I grew up loving that flag
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Oh so my own comment on my own question gets flagged that's cool last I heard this was a free country. Guess everything changed when that Obama dude became president. We need another Texan in office so we can do things right in this country not some welfare crap Obama gives to his people.
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larwoman, you nailed it, you really did...
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What was fun and cool for you means something upsetting to alot of others.
I agree with the answer above.
Ditch the backpack

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Again, its heritage not hate. It's shows my southern Heritage.
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I'm with you beach..., t's up by the way...
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Frit, I am a southern girl myself but I find it offensive as well. I am extremely proud of my heritage too but with the meaning of that flag to the rest of the world, I do not display it.
Imagine if you were Jewish and your friends had natzi symbols on their backpacks? It's rude and if you continue to display it, people will correctly assume you support it's oppressive meaning.
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So I dont have any black friends if that what your trying to say. All my friends a white and a few Mexican- rednecks.
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I like a backpack and my belt buckle
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Great, dont ask a question if u dont even consider the answers
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Hi beachy!! Next question.... : )
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Don't worry about people getting mad it is part of southern history that no one should be ashamed of, many of our men and boys gave their lives for the cause. A cause of wanting to maintain a way of life. Many people lost every thing had. Show it proudly.

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But it is also a symbol of oppression and it is often used to support and promote Racist ideals amongst whites. so don't be naive and say oh its to support a way of life because that way of life that it supported was the continuance of slavery! America has a flag which symbolizes a nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all!
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It's definitely not patriotic; the South wanted to break away from the rest of the U.S. during the Civil War. Also, to many people; that flag stands for the promotion of slavery. You are not doing yourself a favor by wearing it.

Although: this is America, and the point of America is that you are able to wear that flag (and all it stands for, good or bad) if you darn well please, so who am I to tell you not to wear it? But it's kind of the same as displaying the swastika symbol; you CAN if you want, but you really SHOULDN'T.

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The swastika was a Egyptian symbol of Good luck, before the Nazis screwed it up thank you very much.
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Irrelevant. It is now known worldwide as the symbol of a genocide that killed 6 million men, women, and children.
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Bemused, good answer. What is that saying? Something like, "I may not like what you say but I'll defend your right to say it"
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Look it up. The Egyptians created that symbol for good luck. You my friend need to go back to 9th grade history class
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Thanks. Yeah, I think that's how it goes.
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Whatever the Ancient Egyptians intended with that symbol is completely irrelevant now. It now exists as a symbol for the most infamous genocide in recent history, and that will not change anytime soon. Likewise, the Confederate flag stood for breaking away from the U.S., whose side also supported the right to own other human beings like cattle. I know it's been quite a few decades, but it's hard for people to forget what that flag stood for, and the tension is still there. I am speaking as a northerner, so obviously I am biased, but aren't we all?
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Bring it to Oz. It'll be most welcome. Our "rebel flag" is the Eureka Flag (it's a long story). Not as classy as the Confederate flag but gives the finger to those in authority.

http://www.takeabreak.com.au/editimages//EUREKA_FLAG.JPG

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I like the confederate flag better
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So do I, but that's the one we have.
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Then FRIT, go back to the midddle ages
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Hi John -- how's it going?
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Hi David, it goes well...
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I think the eureka flag is lovely!
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Because many people associate it with slavery, not just southern heritage. They are as closed minded as those who are racist. If you show that flag with nothing but good intentions behind it, don't let the negativity of others get to you.

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You can show the swastika too with all the good intentions in the world but that won't get you anywhere.
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I love your answer!!
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Yeah, all they are are just colors on a material and nothing more to it.
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When I said " I love your answer" that was to brandy!
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By the logic in the comment before this one, the American flag is worthless.

Symbols are important; maybe not each of them to each of us individually, but as a whole, they are meant to represent ideas; people; values. When you personally display a symbol, you should be well aware of what that symbol represents to others besides yourself. You are telling the world that you share these values that are displayed by the symbol you are wearing -- think first about how it could be interpreted by EVERYONE around you.
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We all no if the north and the south had a war again the south would win because more than have of the US's military is from the south and the would fight for the side their from
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Understand that a Lot of people have been taught that the Civil War was about slavery (your public school tax $ at work), and that represents a pretty severe degradation of some people's ancestors. So they associate one with the other. Totally erroneous, but you can't fight an entrenched mythology.

On the other hand, In most of the rural south, that backpack would scarcely be noticed, and blend right in.
My advice is, wear it with pride. If nothing else, it is a mine detector: 'Sets off' a certain kind of person at about 10 feet, and then you know what kind of person they are.
(I used to do the same by wearing an inverted pentagram)

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Please share the primary reasons why the southern states seceded from the union?
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A pentagram is like a upside down star right? See I have know probelm with that. But certain people get all pissed off when the see my backpack or my belt buckle or my shirts
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Wanted state rights, we wanted to keep our wonderful way of life.
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Yup.
Ironically, the excesses proceeding from their victory may give it all back to you. A broke government can't project force well.
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larwoman:
The southern states felt they were being marginalized by bloc voting of the more populous northern states. Thus they championed States Rights, as an antidote to a unsympathetic Federal government.
Kansas was a trigger, not so much over slavery, but underscoring that northern interests would dominate westward expansion, ensuring that their marginalization would continue.
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why did u even put up a question about this when u know the answer and want it to stay that way. remeber you cant out breed us u can only manipulate. and even in that we still survive. i bet u like tanning to. lol wanna get the look
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The Stars and Bars are a symbol; the problem lies in perspective. A symbol of what. I am big into ancestry (many sites, but, yes, ancestry.com). I have 12 linear ancestors that fought and survived the American Civil War. Nine for the Army of the Grand Republic (Union) and three for the Army of the Confederate States - including one very famous General from the Army of Virginia, Robert E. Lee.

I view that particular flag as I would any other historical artifact. I can understand those who oppose it asserting that it is a symbol of racism and bigotry; however, if you go down that road you might find yourself in a strange place banning all flags with crosses because of the Inquisition, the Crusades, and so forth (check out all of the Scandinavian flags). I don't know all of the state flags, but I'm sure I could work up a valid opposition to some of them.

I am proud of my ancestors though, in many cases, in retrospect, I don't agree with or condone their actions. I have three rebel flags displayed on my family tree chart. It is what it is . . . . .

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Oh yes, I intended to expand . . . the problem with the Stars and Bars is that it has been adopted and perverted by some very vocal and very aggressively racist groups. If it were simply part of our history, there wouldn't be this controversy . . . the reality is that many are using it as a current symbol of their bigoted agenda.
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Good answer Mello - but unfortunately the asker here seems to have an agenda that is less thoughtful.

Funny, from an outsider's perspective: Y'all haven't sorted out or healed the wounds from the *civil war*. Seems to be a culture, and indeed a nation, of proud, sore losers.
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Yes, my southern relatives still call it the "War of Northern Aggression" (smile), yet, dispite my mixed but distinguished heritage, I still associate my ancestry more with the northern branches of my tree. Paternal = New York & Michigan; Maternal = North Carolina & Virginia. After 150 years, there is a noticeable difference between what I consider to be a more tolerant North and a melancholy, wish it were still antebellum , South. A generalization, yes, but you can't understand the polarization without magnifying the cultural and historical differences for the sake of establishing the ground rules for the discussion. Were it not so . . . . .
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I see nothin' wrong with this rebel flag: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/lanci/na_tinbe.html
(Rebel belles)





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:) cute
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